I agree the battle for Moscow was critical.Â But I believe the battle for Britain was far more important.
Had the axis won over Britain, and either starved/surrendered her out, or subsequently conquered it.Â The axis would have had total domination over all of Europe, with no need to keep anything in check, and the subsequent battle of Moscow would have been a decisive axis victory.
German air power would have been entirely thrown at the Reds, and I think it would have been enough…
Nahhh… I don’t agree
Lets imagine the Germans did conquer England too in the 1940 campaign, what would it change ? Would Germany suddenly get all the Middle East oil delivered on their doorstep ? Or would they be stuck with a worthless island with 50 million hungry Brits who did not grow their own food, but had to be fed by their Conquer ? It would for sure make for a fast and early US entry into the war.
How would this change the Barbarossa campaign ? Would they need less troops for occupation duty in France, Norway and the Balkans, or more, now that they had to occupy UK too? Would Germany still need to build an Atlantic Wall to keep the Yankees and Canadians out of Europe ?
but for the sake of discussion, lets say a possible peace treaty with UK and France would keep USA and Canada out, and give Germany 50 more divisions to use in Russia, how would that turn out ? In the historical Barbarossa they were not short of men, they were short of supply and oil. The railroads and dirtroads in Russia could barely supply the historical force, how could they succeed in supplying 50 more divisions ? The Germans did not loose the Battle of Moscow because they were short of men and tanks, they lost because Hitler made a U-turn and redirected all his combat forces into…Ukraine,…and not because the cornfields of Ukraine suddenly was identified as the ultimate decisive spot in the world, but because Hitler suddenly got fixed with the idea that Moscow was a trap. And even if Ukraine was a great victory, at this point the Germans were for sure short of supply and oil, since in the winter a truck use seven times more fuel to drive a set distance.
So what I don’t get, is why should Hitler not do the same mistake again, if UK was occupied or not ?